We talk so often of horse racing needing to try new things to bring attention to the sport. Less often, I see novel measures actually taken.
I shared my thoughts on today’s pair of three-year-old stakes races at Sunland here yesterday, but as we all know, handicapping is a game of opinions. Mine are what I will be playing today, but they’re not the only ones out there.
In today’s video from Sunland Park, I join Jim Miller, Rachel McLaughlin, Penelope Miller, Ryan Dickey, and Zac Coffman in giving my opinions on the Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes and the Plum Pretty Stakes.
Take a look, and let us help you figure out who you like today!
P. S.: For those who love Curlin babies? Though I did not land on Walk Out in the Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes, there are a few folks on here who give him a chance to become the next stakes-winning Curlin baby!
This weekend is Fiesta del Sol weekend at Sunland Park, and the festivities include stakes-laden weekend cards. Sunday’s card features a pair of rich races for three-year-olds: the Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes for open sophomores, and the Plum Pretty Stakes for fillies. Both of them drew contentious fields, with good mixes of sharp locals and intriguing shippers.
They should make for fun betting races, so let’s take a look!
This Friday, racing gets back underway at Sunland for the first time since January 22.
The nine-race card ends with a chance for three-year-olds to shine in the Mine That Bird Stakes. The local prep for the Sunland Derby, this year it is being run under overnight stakes conditions. It drew a field of ten colts and geldings to run a mile on the dirt for a $100,000 purse. Of the ten, eight have raced on the New Mexico circuit before. The only new faces are first-time starter Volley and mid-Atlantic shipper Dad. Though this two-start maiden has only raced at Delaware Park, he already has an indelible connection to the circuit: his dam is none other than undefeated New Mexico-bred Peppers Pride. Dad is an easy sentimental choice here.
But, we are looking for winners today, not necessarily rooting interests. For that, we go elsewhere.
Selections: Deputy’s Echo (7), Hemakesmyheartsing (10), Bruntino (8)
Longshot: Volley (2)